Good Questions: Living With Carpet and MidCentury Decor?

Good Questions: Living With Carpet and MidCentury Decor?

Gregory Han
Mar 18, 2009

I recently moved to an apartment with a very long and narrow living room (12' wide x 25' long). This is creating a challenge for me and my MCM furniture because I want to leave space open but if I leave it too open, it feels vacant -- yet I'm concerned about a cluttering it up as well...

My carpet is an ugly beige color and looks awkward with a square shag rug on top. I'm trying to find a way to tie my mid century modern style'd furniture together and have been told a rug is a great way to do it. I'm wondering if you have any suggestions? I've thought perhaps a shaped rug might work better?

Also, do you have any links or photos of MCM living rooms with built in carpet for inspiration? Thanks, Brett

Hi Brett, there's a few examples of MCM decorated spaces from our house tours showing rooms appointed with carpets...and even one with a rug ontop of carpet. Check out Sam's Sydney Simplicity, which shows a shag with a patterned carpet below it.

Another striking MCM example of using rug ontop of carpet is from Gregory's Palm Springs In the Suburbs, where the living room was decorated with a large pattern rug ontop of the neutral carpeting.

And small rugs can also be used to compliment (or distract away from) the carpeting, as the case was with Derek's MCM themed carpeted apartment, shown in his house tour, Gidget Gets a Sex Change.

We also recommend looking at playing with FLOR carpet tiles, which allows for unique patterns, shapes, and layout that often work well with MCM style decor at a reasonable price. Anyone else out there with similar carpet conundrums they've solved? Resources to share?

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